Llanfyllin Town Square
Llanfyllin shown within Powys
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Llanfyllin ( Welsh pronunciation (help·info)) is a small town in Powys, Wales. Llanfyllin's population in 2011 was 1,532 according to the UK 2011 census. (At the date of the 2001 Census the population was 1,407, of which over half had knowledge of the Welsh language). Llanfyllin means church or parish (llan) of St. Myllin ('m' frequently mutates to 'f' in Welsh).
The town lies in a valley by the Berwyn Mountains in Montgomeryshire, 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Oswestry, 15 miles (24 km) from Montgomery, and 180 miles (290 km) from London. Two streams named Cain and Abel meander through the valley, flowing into the River Vyrnwy at Llansantffraid.
The town sits on the main route between Shrewsbury and Bala, Gwynedd, for a long time the key market towns in this area of Wales and the Welsh borders. In the suburb of Bodyddon, there exists evidence of both an early Briton settlement, and a Roman road which leads directly towards Offas Dyke. Although the Mediolanum of the Antonine Itinerary has since been identified as Whitchurch in Shropshire, Llanfyllin may be the Mediolanum among the Ordovices described in Ptolemy's Geography, although others argue for Meifod or Caersws.
Granted its charter by Llywelyn ap Dafydd under Edward I, and confirmed by Edward de Charlton, Lord of Powys under Henry V, making Llanfyllin a market town. In 1645, Charles I spent a night in Llanfyllin and, after having lunch the following day at Brithdir, continued his journey to Chirk Castle.
An historic house known as The Hall still exists on Vine Square within the town. In 1833 (in 'A Topical Dictionary of Wales' by Samuel Lewis) it was described as being built in 1599, but it is probably older. John Drummond, 1st Earl of Melfort, the Roman Catholic ambassador from James II to the Pope is said to have been hidden in the house for a while when he fled to Llanfyllin for asylum after the Glorious Revolution. The house was owned by Thomas Price, an antiquary and recusant. The Hall is Grade II listed; its origins as 'Plas Uchaf' are 16th century, it is a T-shaped 2-storey timber-framed building with an attached open hall, remodelling in about 1599 added a floor in the hall and stairs between the house and the hall. Charles I stayed at The Hall in September 1645. It was further remodelled in 1832 with the addition of an extra storey and three gables facing the square.
Llanfyllin Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1909. It did not appear following WW1.
Llanfyllin is also increasingly well-known for the old Union Workhouse, known as Y Dolydd (Welsh for The Meadows) locally. Built in 1838, this old Victorian building had stood empty since the mid-1980s until a local voluntary group, the Llanfyllin Workhouse Project, got involved and are slowly renovating it to a make local centre for Arts, Creativity and the Environment. It is also home to the renowned Llanfyllin Workhouse Festival.
The town has a single primary school, and the bilingual Llanfyllin High School, with approximately 1000 pupils. It consistently performs well at GCSE level (5 GCSEs, grades A*-C), with the latest Estyn inspection report rating it at 71%, 15th place of secondary schools in Wales.
The town sits on the main route between Shrewsbury and Bala, Gwynedd, key market towns in this area of Wales and the Welsh borders. The A490 road connects the town to Churchstoke, and terminates just after passing through the town.
The Llanfyllin Branch of the Cambrian Railways opened in 1863, to enable access to the limestone quarries along the valley, terminating at Llanfyllin station. The mainline from Oswestry to Newtown (Powys) closed in 1965, as resultantly did the branchline to Llanfyllin, under British Railways Beeching Axe.
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin is a large Scots Pine in an isolated position on Green Hall Hill above the town (at ). It is estimated to be 200 years old. It features in several local traditions: it was hugged for good fortune, marriages were proposed at the tree and cremation ashes were scattered beneath it. The tree fell in a storm in February 2014 but was rescued by packing the roots of the fallen tree with nearly sixty tonnes of earth.
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- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llanfyllin and surrounding area
- Llanfyllin community council website, history and info
- BBC Wales feature on the town
- Llanfyllin Town F.C. website
- Llanfyllin High School website
- Llanfyllin Workhouse - arts, education and community website
- Llanfyllin Workhouse Festival website
- Welshpool Camera Club website Welshpool Camera Club covers the whole of Northern Montgomeryshire and Borders Area including the Llanfyllin District.